Amanda Peet has commented about the competition among actors:
“Sometimes I feel competitive when I see somebody else in a movie that’s really beautiful and really big, or when I’m vying for a role and I can’t get in and it’s the usual suspects — Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Connelly, all great actresses.
“Then I feel like a loser and I get sad.
“And then other times I feel really happy with where I am. There’s room for everybody. … I don’t have a feeling of wanting to be more famous. I have a feeling of wanting to be a better actor. …
“[I love] the moments where you feel like you’re that person and you’re not in your head at all. It’s like nothing else in the world.”
[Hollywood Life, Nov/Dec 2005]
> Related interview with film acting teacher Jennifer Lehman: On Awareness and Creative Expression